Geoscientists look at our non-living environment to explain what is going on and what effect humanity is having on the world around us. Far from being a career with “Rocks for Jocks” overtones, geoscientists use advanced modeling techniques, state-of-the-art equipment, and sophisticated mathematical analyses, to best comprehend the world.
Geoscientists work in a number of varied environments. More than a fifth of them end up working for oil or gas companies, helping find the next big pocket of fuel. As this sort of work involves travel to some pretty remote sites, you may find yourself on an ATV or camping as often as you find yourself in a rental car or in a hotel room. Likewise, if you specialize as an oceanographer, you could spend more time on the beach than most people can even dream of doing.
For those who prefer to stay indoors, there are still opportunities to never leave the office but remain a geoscientist. One thing remains constant, however. With almost 30% of geoscientists employed in Texas, you had better appreciate life in the Lone Star State.